His surprise inclusion in the Test squad for the West Indies tour may have come as a shock to many. But for Vikram Rajvir Singh, it has come as a lifeline, particularly after the Chandigarh pacer has had a roller-coaster ride in the past eight to nine months.
First, he was forced out of the team after an injury, then he was not picked and finally when he was included in the playing eleven he wouldn’t have imagined that disaster would strike. He bowled wide, short and was clobbered all round the stadium by a certain English batsman who goes by the name of Kevin Petersion.
‘’I thought that would be my end. I lost my rhythm and was bowling all sorts of wrong deliveries. But I think the selectors kept faith in me as they gave me another opportunity in the Eurasia Cup. My performance at Abu Dhabi is what has won me a place again,” VRV Singh told The Indian Express on Thursday.
VRV’s place has come at the cost of Ajit Agarkar, who has been doing exceedingly well in the ongoing ODI series in the Caribbean. Understandably, VRV looked serious after the inclusion as he straightaway picked his kitback anve went over to the DAV Cricket Academy at Sector 8, where other players like Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Mongia started their careers. VRV knows this is probably his last chance to prove his worth to the side. ‘’The trip will be a good learning experience for me. I want to make most of it,'’ he said.
‘’In the ODIs, he was under immense pressure to bowl fast. It was one of the reasons why he was in the team - his raw pace. He faltered, had no rhythm, his line was horrible but that was a one-day match and we can’t judge him solely on the basis of two matches,” said his coach Sukhwinder Bawa.
‘’I wanted him to begin his international career in Tests, but that was not to be. But fate, it seems, has given him another chance and he is better prepared this time,” he added.
National selector (North Zone) Bhupinder Singh Sr stated that his performance in the ODI’s was poor but it was fair to say that he was still raw at that time and was lacking match practice.
‘’He was also done in by the injury and it kept him out of quite a lot of domestic matches,'’ he said. ‘’He has pace and we have seen it in the matches he played so far. He just needs to focus a little more,'’ added the selector.
Source:India SportsMore on:Chandigarh, India in West Indies 2006, Vikram Rajvir Singh
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